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January 12, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Stanford redux

Just back from UW’s practice today at Cal’s Haas Pavilion and the Huskies had the look of a team that desperately needs a win.
There was little of the light-hearted end-of-practice dunking or halfcourt shooting that often typifies these workouts. Instead, the Huskies had a serious air about them, knowing the season is in danger of slipping away.
Lorenzo Romar said today that “I don’t know if there was a game where I was more unhappy” than how the Huskies let the Stanford game slip away Thursday night.
The Huskies fell apart in the last four minutes after holding a five-point lead, commiting costly turnovers and ill-advised fouls.
To address a few that have gotten the most attention on this board:
— Ryan Appleby said he thought he should commit an intentional foul when he fouled Stanford’s Anthony Goods with 27 seconds left and the score tied at 75. Goods made both free throws to put SU ahead for good. Romar had told the players after Quincy Pondexter missed his first free throw with 29 seconds left to foul if he missed the second one.
When Pondexter made the second one to tie the game at 75, Romar didn’t want the team to foul. But Appleby still thought the coaches wanted a foul. “It was just a misunderstanding,” Romar said.
Said Appleby: “I thought they kind of wanted us to foul, so that’s what I did. It was just a spur-of-the-moment type thing at the end of the game.”
— Spencer Hawes said he thought about trying to call a time out when he got the ball with just under 45 seconds left when Justin Dentmon saved it after a missed Stanford shot. UW led 74-72 at the time. But Hawes said he then decied to try to pass it out, seeing Pondexter and Brockman down the court, but then got the ball stripped by Lawrence Hill. Hill then made a lay-in and was fouled by Hawes to put SU ahead 75-74. “I was trying to make a step-through pass and he got his hand on it,” Hawes said.
— Jon Brockman said he knew UW was down three at the end but he didn’t think there was time left to do anything but tip the ball in. Brockman tipped in Phil Nelson’s miss on a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to make it 78-77. “I was hoping maybe I’d get fouled and get a three-point play,” he said. “I knew we didn’t have enough time to kick it back out and try for a three-pointer. It was just kind of how the game rolled.”
— As for all the criticism of Hawes on this board, it’s worth nothing that he’s still trying to get over a nasty flu bug that he says has caused him to lose a little weight. He became ill before the Arizona game and his performances haven’t been the same since then.
— Brockman didn’t practice much today after playing 37 minutes against Stanford but is expected to be fine tomorrow. With Brockman sitting out, assistant Cameron Dollar worked much of practice as the 10th player.
— Dentmon tweaked his ankle in practice today but should be okay.
— Romar said the Huskies will go with the same lineup.
— There’s obviously a lot of debate on here right now about some of Romar’s coaching moves. But we saw again today at practice an example of his immense people skills. As the Huskies finished practice, the Cal players began arriving and it was like a receiving line to see all the Bears come over to greet Romar, specifically the likes of Jordan and Omar Wilkes and Jerome Randle, who all gave Romar big hugs.



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